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How colleges work : the cybernetics of academic organization and leadership

Author: Robert Birnbaum
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 1988.
Series: Jossey-Bass higher education series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Birnbaum, Robert.
How colleges work.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 1988
(OCoLC)735308947
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Birnbaum
ISBN: 1555421261 9781555421267 155542354X 9781555423544
OCLC Number: 18324878
Notes: "A publication of the National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance"--Title page verso.
Description: xx, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Understanding colleges and universities as organizations --
Problems of governance, management, and leadership in academic institutions --
Thinking in systems and circles: the structure and dynamics of academic organizations --
Making decisions and making sense: the administrator's role --
Part 2: Models of organizational functioning --
The collegial institution: sharing power and values in a community of equals --
The bureaucratic institution: rationalizing structure and decision making --
The political institution: competing for power and resources --
The anarchical institution: finding meaning in a community of autonomous actors --
Part 3: Integrating the models --
The cybernetic institution: providing direction through self-regulation --
Effective administration and leadership in the cybernetic institution.
Series Title: Jossey-Bass higher education series.
Responsibility: Robert Birnbaum.
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